Give input on state forest planning

LANSING — Michigan’s 4 million acres of state forest land require a lot of careful planning to keep them healthy and thriving. That’s why the DNR finalizes plans for each forest management unit two years in advance of when any management activities – prescribed burns, timber harvests or tree thinning, for example – will take place.

This summer and fall, forest management recommendations for 2020 are being presented at open houses within those forest management units, giving people the opportunity to speak with foresters, wildlife biologists and other resource professionals. Upcoming open houses in the U.P. include:

– Crystal Falls Forest Management Unit – Oct. 3 in Crystal Falls

– Shingleton Forest Management Unit – Oct. 4 in Shingleton

– Newberry Forest Management Unit – Oct. 16 in Newberry

About a month after each forest management unit’s open house, a public compartment review meeting also will take place.

That’s where the foresters will present their final decisions on management activities for that unit. Compartment review meetings coming up include:

– Sault Ste. Marie Forest Management Unit – Oct. 2 in Naubinway

– Gwinn Forest Management Unit – Oct. 17 in Ishpeming

– Shingleton Forest Management Unit – Oct. 23 in Shingleton

– Crystal Falls Forest Management Unit – Oct. 25 in Crystal Falls

– Newberry Forest Management Unit – Oct. 30 in Newberry

For more information – including a link to the interactive forest map showing details of forest management activities, and the forest open house and compartment review schedules – visit the public input section of the DNR’s michigan.gov/forestry webpage.